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July 18, 2011

I wrote and directed a play for the Mulberry Little Theater titled “IN HERMAN’S GARAGE”. It’s the story of a man who has recently retired and is finally looking forward to enjoying his life-long dream of being a writer, but his family keeps getting in his way. The play starts with Herman’s wife Mary Anne moving his “office” into the garage when their oldest daughter moves back home after leaving her husband. It is a comedy in five acts that takes place in today’s economic climate.

The whole experience of seeing my words acted out and spoken was just an unbelievable thrill! The cast -- Leroy Kizer, Marla Walker, Tania Mears, Charles Belt, Sarah Kizer, and Theresa Richards -- were perfect, and their stellar performances bought tears to my eyes. The theater was sold out all three nights, and it was just such a high time.

So what is this doing on the bitch page? Well, I’ll tell you. The problem with having something so life-affirming and perfect happen is that then you have to go back to reality, and reality bites on good days. No one cares who you are or what you’ve done. They just want you to get through the checkout line as quickly as you can so that they can checkout and go home.

Your family still doesn’t think you’re all that special. They still expect you to do all that shit they don’t want to do and do it with a smile or don’t do it at all, by G-d.

And here’s the thing: having something work out so close to what you actually wanted makes failure that much harder. I got two rejection letters in a row shortly after the play ran and, well, I’ve been in this business for a long time. I’m used to rejection letters. It’s part of the game. But when I saw these -- a day apart -- I was like. “Wait, this can’t be. I wrote a play! I directed it! People loved it! They laughed! We filled the theater three times! What are these dick heads thinking -- rejecting me?”

All right, truth be told -- I always think that last part.

Selina

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